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HindustanTimes Wed,27 Aug 2014

BSP signature spots, idols back in vogue

Pankaj Jaiswal/Surya Agarwal  Lucknow, May 13, 2007
First Published: 21:23 IST(13/5/2007) | Last Updated: 11:38 IST(27/6/2012)

With Bahujan Samaj Party back in power, the party’s idols and its signature spots are in vogue once again.

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While not less than 2,000 workers were busy at the four main signature spots, party workers began queuing outside a local sculptor’s place.

The main spots are Ambedkar Smarak, Ambedkar Maidan, Ambedkar Shodh Sansthan and Parivartan Chowk.

As for the idols, party workers requested the sculptor to create the three-feet tall trinity of Ambedkar-Kanshi Ram-Mayawati for their drawing rooms and puja rooms. 

The sculptor has already received order from almost all BSP candidates who won the election and from other party followers. 

“I have more than 1,500 sets partially ready, but I am waiting for Behenji’s approval.  She will first pass the prototype and only then will I give finishing touches to the figures and deliver them.  The delivery is on first-come-first-served basis. Winning candidates have ordered more that one set each,” said Shraavan Prajapati, BSP’s sculptor.

The fibre idols were supposed to cost Rs. 25,000 a set while bronze and marble ones for Rs. 2.5 lakh each. Partymen will not be allowed to put the idols just about anywhere.

A proper temple-type structure will have to be constructed for the idols to be placed. The idols will be put on a mountain-like pedestal.

“Fifty per cent of whatever profit is earned from the sale of each set will go to the BSP funds,” said Prajapati.

As for the signature spots, 1,000 workers were busy at Ambedkar Smarak, Gomti Nagar. Over 200 workers were on their job at the Ambedkar Maidan since 7 am. Ambedkar Shodh Sansthan was no exception. Parivartan Chowk had about 20-odd labourers working diligently.

The statues of Narayan Guru, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, Dr BR Ambedkar, Jyotiba Phule and the idol of Buddha at the Parivartan Chowk were given several round of baths.

The main black granite memorial was washed and polished. Similar treatment was given to statues of Ambedkar and Rama Devi at Ambedkar Maidan and their statues at the end of the Gandhi Setu.

At Ambedkar Smarak, right from the first step of the premises to the top dome, workers were busy. “Since the BSP government has been out of power, the park (Smarak) has been languishing in neglect. We are busy with ‘emergency’ short-term goals to spruce it up, ” said a Rajkiya Nagar Nigam engineer.

At Ambedkar Maidan, the entire ground, the stage and its canopy, the outside pavements and roads were being cleaned by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation.


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